ABC to Publish Novel Tie-in For Hit Show Castle

Posted on July 6, 2009

ABC is going to publish a book to go with the second season of Castle. In the series Nathan Fillion plays bestselling mystery author Richard Castle. In the series, Castle has teamed up with an NYPD homicide investigation team, led by Kate Beckett, to help research his novels. The first chapter of a mystery novel titled Heat Wave written by the fictional author Richard Castle will debut on ABC's website in August. The Hollywood Reporter reports that ABC will publish a chapter of the book each week and then publish the full novel in September.

The network will post the first half of the book, a chapter a week, for 10 weeks. The full novel will be published Sept. 29 by Disney sister company Hyperion. The story apparently is a stand-alone mystery with cross-over elements to the on-screen story.

The network teamed with Hyperion for 2006's "Lost" tie-in "Bad Twin" and "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer," which tied in to the ABC miniseries "Rose Red." Both sold quite well. The real author of "Heat Wave" is not being unveiled.

It sounds like a smart tie-in for ABC. Fans of the show would probably buy a book by Richard Castle.

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